I know what you're wondering. What the heck does massaging kale mean and why would I want to do that?
Kale is a very powerful leafy green because it's packed with nutrients. But raw kale is tough, fibrous, and very bitter, making it hard to digest. It is recommended to lightly steam, sauté, or massage kale before eating it in order for its fibers to bind better with acids in the digestive tract. The more digestible kale is, the better its nutrients are absorbed. Massaging kale is just a simple way to aid digestion and make it less bitter without having to cook it. Once you've massaged kale, you can use it to make a salad or side dish.
Health benefits of kale:
- Lowers cholesterol
- Lowers cancer risk
- Detoxifies the body
- High in antioxidants
- High in vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C
- High in manganese, fiber, copper, calcium, iron, potassium, and tryptophan
How to massage raw kale:
- Place chopped raw kale in a bowl. Sprinkle with sea salt and lemon juice and massage with both hands for 2-5 minutes, until wilted and dark green.
Any variety of kale works. You can also get creative and dress it up with other ingredients such as tahini, extra virgin olive oil, avocado, or nut butter.